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Justice files suit against Lance Armstrong
The Hill ^ | April 23, 2013 | Justin Sink

Posted on 04/23/2013 5:36:35 PM PDT by jazusamo

The Department of Justice said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that cyclist Lance Armstrong was "unjustly enriched" while he used steroids to win multiple Tour de France titles.

In the formal complaint, the Justice Department said they would seek triple damages against Armstrong, who admitted earlier this year that he doped to win his seven straight titles. The U.S. Postal Service paid some $40 million to appear as the title sponsor of Armstrong's team during six of those seven races.

"Defendants were unjustly enriched to the extent of the payments and other benefits they received from the USPS, either directly or indirectly," the complaint said, according to the Associated Press .

The Justice Department had previously announced its intention to join the lawsuit against Armstrong, brought by ex-teammate Floyd Landis. According to the government, Armstrong and his managers repeatedly insisted that the cyclist was not using steroids while being sponsored by USPS.

“The Postal Service has now seen its sponsorship unfairly associated with what has been described as ‘the most sophisticated, professionalized, and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,’" U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen said at the time.

"This lawsuit is designed to help the Postal Service recoup the tens of millions of dollars it paid out to the Tailwind cycling team based on years of broken promises. In today’s economic climate, the U.S. Postal Service is simply not in a position to allow Lance Armstrong or any of the other defendants to walk away with the tens of millions of dollars they illegitimately procured.”

The government needs to prove not only that Armstrong deceived them, but that the Postal Service was damaged by Armstrong's cheating.

Armstrong has been disqualified of all his competitive results dating back to August, 1998, and banned from life from competitive cycling.

Armstrong is also facing lawsuits from a Texas promotional company and the Sunday Times, a British newspaper that paid Armstrong half a million dollars to settle a libel lawsuit after reporting he had taken steroids.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: armstrong; doj; france; lancearmstrong; lawsuit; steroids; tourdefrance; usps
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1 posted on 04/23/2013 5:36:35 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Good grief.

Like Holder doesn’t have other cases to waste our money on.


2 posted on 04/23/2013 5:39:26 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: jazusamo

I’m not a lawyer but I’d say this will be hard to win.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do ithat when I have a fire.)
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To: jazusamo

Just peachy. Some doofus does steroids, states legalize weed, and the mooslims blowus up. Priorities?


4 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:15 PM PDT by tgusa (gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .......)
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To: jazusamo

Yeah, the Dept. of Justice are certainly experts in “unjustly”.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 5:40:44 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: jazusamo

Only problem with it is that the Postal Service made money on the deal, so what losses from it could they show?


6 posted on 04/23/2013 5:41:05 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: jazusamo

Are they going to file suit Against Obama next? After all the same argument applies.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 5:41:14 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: reagandemocrat

Lance Armstrong is an evil person who ripped off many, including taxpayers (via the US Government). LA richly deserves to be sued by the Justice Department.


8 posted on 04/23/2013 5:42:10 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: tgusa

Obama, Valjar, and Holder are having a good laugh at America.


9 posted on 04/23/2013 5:43:15 PM PDT by reagandemocrat
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To: reagandemocrat; driftdiver; tgusa

Yep, it seems to me DOJ has many more important things right now, of course the Obama/Holder Just Us Dept. operates with a different set of priorities.


10 posted on 04/23/2013 5:44:24 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

I still think it is awesome when Americans beat French pussies at their own sport.

Oh, and what about the millions he has raised for your fake ass cancer research? You going to give that back?


11 posted on 04/23/2013 5:45:14 PM PDT by RedhairRedhair (I STILL love my (scab made) Toyota)
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To: utahagen

Spot on.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 5:46:01 PM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: jazusamo
So everything's a federal crime now. J***** f****** Ch****.
13 posted on 04/23/2013 5:46:53 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

14 posted on 04/23/2013 5:47:41 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: jazusamo

C’mon. The guy practically invented jazz. Cut him a break.


15 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:06 PM PDT by x
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To: Cyber Liberty

Perjury is a federal crime!


16 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:26 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: reagandemocrat

This is just petty low rate stuff you’d expect from Holder’s ilk.
At the time Armstrong had not been confirmed as a drugger and the USPS
paid him to use his good image (of that time) to excuse their piss poor
record. They got what they paid for. Were I on a jury for this they’d lose even though I think Armstrong is a douche bag.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:36 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Cyber Liberty

It’s a civil suit. USPS wants its money back.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 5:48:53 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: tgusa
Well, of course it is a priority, it be a rich cracker don't you see?

Besides, he is from the hated state of Texas, and likely a gun owner. Might have voted for Bush as well, did go bike riding with him.

19 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: tgusa

Just peachy. Some doofus does steroids, states legalize weed, and the mooslims blowus up. Priorities?


Excellent summary


20 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:17 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: jazusamo
USPS got what it bargained for - gobs of publicity.

Now, years later when USPS is broke and wanting to cancel Saturday service it's a little hard to see how Lance's confession can besmirch their reputation.

21 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:21 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: x

“C’mon. The guy practically invented jazz. Cut him a break”

And then he was the first man to ride a bike on the moon.


22 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:26 PM PDT by OKRA2012
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To: jazusamo; a fool in paradise
What's gonna happen to his business? Is it safe to order a floor from them now ?


23 posted on 04/23/2013 5:50:31 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Cyber Liberty

it is a federal crime to commit a federal crime


24 posted on 04/23/2013 5:51:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: tgusa

Just peachy. Some doofus does steroids, states legalize weed, and the mooslims blowus up. Priorities?


Excellent summary


25 posted on 04/23/2013 5:53:02 PM PDT by patriotspride
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To: jazusamo

Soooo PHYSICAL Voter intimidation by Islamic a-holes, no problems.

Some dude wins a bike race in another country, GET HIM!

I say this far too often, I live in the Twilight Zone.


26 posted on 04/23/2013 5:53:55 PM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to thoe tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: Revolting cat!

It’s a rip I tell ya, a rip. lol


27 posted on 04/23/2013 5:53:57 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: doorgunner69

Look, Eric Holder’s motives may be bad, but does that mean that conservatives should oppose the Justice Department’s doing the right thing? Lance Armstrong is a liar, a user, a fraud. That the only thing Eric Holder dislikes about him may be that he is white doesn’t mean conservatives should rally around him.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 5:54:48 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: utahagen

How about a petition to add Barry Bonds to the witch hunt?


29 posted on 04/23/2013 5:59:37 PM PDT by willyd
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To: jazusamo
The government needs to prove not only that Armstrong deceived them, but that the Postal Service was damaged by Armstrong's cheating.

This is an impossible burden for the government to meet. If I was the judge, this suit would be tossed upon the filing of a defendants motion for summary judgment.

30 posted on 04/23/2013 6:07:36 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: willyd
Fine with me, but I won't root for LA’s getting off if someone else gets off because he's black.
31 posted on 04/23/2013 6:07:50 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: jazusamo

Where do I sue to get back the tax dollars the broke postal service wasted sponsoring a bicycle team?


32 posted on 04/23/2013 6:09:55 PM PDT by oilwatcher
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To: SeaHawkFan

Hopefully the judge will do just that, it’ll save taxpayers a lot of money.


33 posted on 04/23/2013 6:11:54 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: utahagen
Perjury is a federal crime!

Simply lying is not perjury unless it is under oath subject to a perjury charge. There is also the fact that he never failed a drug test.

Prosecuting Roger Clemens for lying to Congress didn't turn out so well with the DoJ. did it?

34 posted on 04/23/2013 6:12:19 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: jazusamo

I’m thinking about 95 Senators and about anyone who had “US Secretary of...” in their past titles were probably “unjustifiably enriched” as well.


35 posted on 04/23/2013 6:12:53 PM PDT by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: Revolting cat!
I've had about enough from bicycle supremacists and their ilk.


36 posted on 04/23/2013 6:16:16 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: jazusamo

I hope Armstrong ends his days penniless under a bridge fighting stray dogs for food scraps.


37 posted on 04/23/2013 6:22:00 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: Dagnabitt

I hear ya and have no sympathy for him but this lawsuit is a waste of time and money.


38 posted on 04/23/2013 6:29:05 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent." -- Adam Smith)
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To: utahagen
Perhaps Holder should spell out just what federal law he supposedly broke, or if it is IRS related, let them go for it.

I do not rally around him, but I am sick of the witch hunt, especially when Zero's regime is so full of far more egregious felons, including Holder and Zero. Armstrong never had anyone killed to further his career or agenda.

39 posted on 04/23/2013 6:40:15 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: jazusamo

40 posted on 04/23/2013 6:41:06 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Revolting cat!
What's gonna happen to his business?

To hell with his business. He belongs in jail for forgetting the "a" in "That's one small step for man..."

41 posted on 04/23/2013 6:53:53 PM PDT by TChad (Call them Oppressives, not Progressives)
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To: jazusamo

But think of all the Obama phones the recovered money could buy.


42 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:45 PM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: jazusamo

I am not here to defend Armstrong. What he did was wrong. He did it over a long period of time. He destroyed his own reputation. I am sad to see it. His present public opinion is well deserved.

If anyone is operating under the assumption that nobody but Armstrong was doing this, I think they’re kidding themselves. That doesn’t make it right, but if one guy who is doping beats another guy who is doping, how much injustice is there for the guy who came in second?

There is a segment of the public that thinks sports figures should be able to do whatever they want with their bodies. I don’t subscribe to that mindset.

As I said early on, I am sad to see what has become of Armstrong. He was probably a young kid when he first signed on to doing this. After a period of time, it just became normal for him.

It’s certain he has had this hanging over him for a long time. It’s now time to pay the piper.

Sad..., really sad.

I don’t think the government should be involved here. How much more does Armstrong need to be destroyed?

There must be something better our elected officials can do with their time.


43 posted on 04/23/2013 7:10:54 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Leftist, Progressive, Socialist, Communist, fundamentalist Islamic policies, the death of a nation.)
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To: utahagen

“LA richly deserves to be sued by the Justice Department.”

Bull... The feds got plenty to do rather than sue a US citizen for his conduct over what, 10 years ago. I’d say the post office made its money off the endorsement. Holder probably wouldn’t touch him if he weren’t a normal white guy.


44 posted on 04/23/2013 7:18:08 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: jazusamo

Nobody ever explained how he was tested and passed.... If his technology gave him an advantage then so be it.


45 posted on 04/23/2013 7:21:22 PM PDT by mike_9958
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To: jazusamo

I find it ironic that the Government is suing because of doping.


46 posted on 04/23/2013 7:24:02 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Normal isn't normal anymore.)
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To: utahagen
Perjury is a federal crime!

You can't lie to the government, but they can lie to us all of the time.

47 posted on 04/23/2013 7:26:11 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: colorado tanker
USPS got what it bargained for - gobs of publicity.

Yep, before they sponsored Lance, I didn't even know you could mail a letter.

48 posted on 04/23/2013 7:28:14 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: jazusamo; mickie
Holder and his merry band of legal thugs will leave no turn unstoned to destroy this rich evil white male capitalist and lock him up for life.

Leni

49 posted on 04/23/2013 7:36:43 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks jazusamo.
The Department of Justice said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that cyclist Lance Armstrong was "unjustly enriched" while he used steroids to win multiple Tour de France titles.
So what's that make both Obamas, both Clintons, Holder...


50 posted on 04/23/2013 7:45:11 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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